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Jul 13, 2018

Inside Stalin’s secret WW2 bunker

Inside Stalin’s secret WW2 bunker

During the early years of the war, the Soviets built an alternative headquarters deep underground in Samara in case Moscow fell to the German army.

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A tourist, visiting Russia during the Soccer World Cup, poses for a photograph dressed in a Russian military costume outside the entrance to Stalin's Bunker in Samara David Gray/REUTERS

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A tourist, visiting Russia during the Soccer World Cup, poses for a photograph dressed in a Russian military costume outside the entrance to Stalin's Bunker in Samara David Gray/REUTERS

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A meeting room with a large map hanging on a wall is seen inside Stalin's Bunker, a bunker complex built in 1942 as an alternative headquarters for the Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin, in Samara David Gray/REUTERS

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A couch is seen inside Stalin's Bunker, a bunker complex built in 1942 as an alternative headquarters for the Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin, in Samara David Gray/REUTERS

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People walk past the building that stands above Stalin's Bunker, a bunker complex built in 1942 as an alternative headquarters for the Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin, in Samara David Gray/REUTERS

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A tourist guide watches as tourists walk into the entrance of Stalin's Bunker, a bunker complex built in 1942 as an alternative headquarters for the Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin, in Samara David Gray/REUTERS

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A meeting room with a map hanging on a wall is seen inside Stalin's Bunker, a bunker complex built in 1942 as an alternative headquarters for the Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin, in Samara David Gray/REUTERS

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A lamp illuminates a corridor inside Stalin's Bunker, a bunker complex built in 1942 as an alternative headquarters for the Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin, in Samara David Gray/REUTERS

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A small door leads into Stalin's Bunker, a bunker complex built in 1942 as an alternative headquarters for the Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin, in Samara David Gray/REUTERS

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A toilet in a bathroom is seen inside Stalin's Bunker, a bunker complex built in 1942 as an alternative headquarters for the Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin, in Samara David Gray/REUTERS

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A lamp illuminates a corridor inside Stalin's Bunker, a bunker complex built in 1942 as an alternative headquarters for the Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin, in Samara David Gray/REUTERS

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Posters and symbols decorate the walls of Stalin's Bunker, a bunker complex built in 1942 as an alternative headquarters for the Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin, in Samara David Gray/REUTERS

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A lamp sits next to a telephone on a desk inside Stalin's Bunker, a bunker complex built in 1942 as an alternative headquarters for the Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin, in Samara David Gray/REUTERS

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A stairway leading into Stalin's Bunker, a bunker complex built in 1942 as an alternative headquarters for the Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin, is seen in Samara David Gray/REUTERS

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A telephone sits on a desk inside Stalin's Bunker, a bunker complex built in 1942 as an alternative headquarters for the Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin, in Samara David Gray/REUTERS

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A lamp illuminates a corridor inside Stalin's Bunker, a bunker complex built in 1942 as an alternative headquarters for the Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin, in Samara David Gray/REUTERS

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A guide touches a call button for a small elevator inside Stalin's Bunker, a bunker complex built in 1942 as an alternative headquarters for the Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin, in Samara David Gray/REUTERS

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Tourists stand near the stairway leading into Stalin's Bunker, a bunker complex built in 1942 as an alternative headquarters for the Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin, in Samara David Gray/REUTERS

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